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Conversation: 035-035

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Start Date: Thursday, December 28, 1972 9:00 PM

End Date: Thursday, December 28, 1972 9:15 PM

Participants:

Kissinger, Henry A.Nixon, Richard M. (President)

Recording Device: White House Telephone

035-035.mp3

NARA Description:

On December 28, 1972, Henry A. Kissinger and President Richard M. Nixon talked on the telephone from 4:00 pm to 4:15 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 035-035 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 35-35

Date: December 28, 1972
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
                                                -36-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Oct.-07)

                                                               Conversation No. 35-35 (cont’d)

Location: White House Telephone

Henry A. Kissinger talked with the President.

[See Conversation No. 380-39]

       Kissinger’s vacation
             -Weather
                   -Palm Springs
                         -Ted Cummings
                              -Home
                                  -Swimming pool

       Vietnam negotiations
            -Message from North Vietnamese
                 -Message from Col. Richard T. Kennedy
                 -Conditions
                 -Bombing halt
                        -Timing of announcement
                              -December 30, 1972
                        -Notification to North Vietnamese
                              -Announcement
                              -Timing
                                    -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer
                                    -December 29, 1972
                              -Announcement
                                    -December 30, 1972
                              -Bombing halt
                                    -US proposal
                                          -Thirty-six hours
                 -Kissinger’s view
                        -Effect of bombing
                 -Schedule for signings
                 -Press relations
                        -US bombing of North Vietnam
                              -Duration
                 -Tone
                 -Timing of meetings
                        -Technical meetings, January 2, 1973
            -Announcement
                               -37-

      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                        Tape Subject Log
                          (rev. Oct.-07)

                                                 Conversation No. 35-35 (cont’d)

     -Timing
           -December 30, 1972
     -Length
     -Content
           -Kissinger’s view
                  -Private, technical meetings
                        -Timing
                  -Bombing halt
                        -20th parallel
     -Ronald L. Ziegler
     -Gerald L. Warren
     -Meeting resumption
     -Bombing halt
-US bombing of North Vietnam
     -Kissinger’s view
     -Effect
     -Use of B-52s
     -Effect
           -Negotiations
     -Press coverage
           -Newspapers, news magazines
     -McGeorge Bundy
           -Recent telephone call to Kissinger
                  -Letter to the President
                  -Bundy’s son
     -New York establishment
-The President’s view
-Economic measures
     -Pressure of South Vietnam
-South Vietnam
     -US options
           -Bilateral deal
                  -North Vietnam
                        -The President’s recent conversation with Kennedy
     -Coordination in Negotiations
           -Signing
                  -Timing
                        -1973 Inauguration
           -Trip to Saigon
                  -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
                                  -38-

      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                         Tape Subject Log
                           (rev. Oct.-07)

                                                 Conversation No. 35-35 (cont’d)

                       -Purpose
-Signing
      -Nguyen Van Thieu’s refusal
      -Effect on North Vietnam
      -Implementation
            -Understanding with North Vietnam
      -1973 Inauguration
      -Agnew’s trip to Saigon
            -Timing
                   -1973 Inauguration
      -Kissinger’s trip to Saigon
            -Timing
                   -1973 Inauguration
      -Possible trip by the President
            -Timing
                   -January 29 or 30, 1973
      -Announcement
            -1973 Inauguration
      -Agnew’s trip to Saigon
            -Timing
                   -1973 Inauguration
                         -Kissinger’s meeting with Le Duc Tho
                               -Paris
                         -Speech
                         -Compared to October 1972
      -Kissinger’s meetings with Le Duc Tho
            -January 8, 15, 1973
-Conclusion
      -Timing
            -Timing
                   -January 11, 1973
            -Leak
                   -Possible effect on South Vietnam
            -Agnew’s trip to Saigon
                   -Effect
                         -1973 Inauguration
      -Delay
            -1973 Inauguration
                   -Risk
                   -January 11, 1973
                                             -39-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Oct.-07)

                                                         Conversation No. 35-35 (cont’d)

                  -Ellsworth F. Bunker’s view
                  -Thieu
                        -Kennedy’s view
                        -Haig
                        -Acceptance of agreement
                        -Rejection of agreement
                              -Timing
                                    -1973 Inauguration
                  -Agnew’s trip to Saigon
                        -Timing
                              -North Vietnam
                                    -US bombing
                        -Kissinger’s trip to Paris
                        -Thieu
                        -1973 Inauguration
                              -US domestic conditions
                        -Delay
                        -January 11, 1973
                  -Progress
                        -Statements